David Roberts

David Roberts

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David Roberts is a staff writer for Grist. You can subscribe to his RSS feed or follow him on Twitter or email him at droberts at grist dot org, if you're into that sort of thing.

Business & Technology

Progress rarely glows blue: EEStor and the lure of new technology

What can we learn from the collapse of a much-hyped battery company?

Mitigators gonna mitigate

Preventing climate change and adapting to it are not morally equivalent

Climate change mitigation and adaptation are often discussed as though they are interchangeable. They are not.


The secret to a happy life: revealed!

I don't want to brag, but while I was on sabbatical I discovered the secret to happiness.

On mindfulness

Cultural cruft aside, mindfulness is actually incredibly important -- pretty much the key to a good life, if you get down to it.

Privilege: sabbatical edition

I'm acutely aware that the opportunity to take a year off work and do nothing is not available to the vast majority of my fellow citizens.

About that novel

David Roberts told people he was going to write fiction during his year-long sabbatical. Here's why that didn't happen.


The personal (technology) is political, part two

Web technologies are embedded in socioeconomic structures that are designed to exploit workers and consumers to the benefit of capital.


The personal (technology) is political

If you're stressed out by digital distractions and email overload, the answer is not meditation and mindfulness. It's fixing our power structures.


Against the “digital detox” metaphor

Online life is not necessarily less authentic than so-called real life.

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